Today I’m going to teach you how to create a matte effect in Lightroom. I have Lightroom 4 and I believe this tutorial will work for anyone using Lightroom 3 or higher.
I think the matte effect looks creative when applied to certain photographs but I understand that some photographers think it ruins a perfectly good picture (I’ll let you be the judge of that). I don’t use it a lot, but my personal favorite is applying it over a black and white shot.
This tutorial only has 4 steps because the look is extremely simple to achieve:
1. After you’ve chosen a photo from your library, switch to the develop mode and find the tone curve on the right sidebar because this is the only thing you’ll need to manipulate. You won’t need to mess with any of those sliders so click on the small box in the right bottom corner.
1. After you’ve clicked on the small box, the sliders will disappear and the point curve should say “custom” instead of “linear”. Hover over the line with your curser and become familiar with the different parts of the tone curve. The far right should be highlights and the far left should be shadows.
3. Now take your curser and click on the line to create a point somewhere on the left. If you make a mistake, you can always right click to delete the control point. I created my point near the “blacks” and “shadows” on the tone curve.
4. After you’ve created a point, bring your curser to the far left of the line and start pulling up that little section. This will create the matte look you want and you can adjust accordingly!
And that’s it. A matte finish in a snap.
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